Round 5: Tom Paine (UK) vs Olof Rickhammar (SWE)
28.06.2014 | 19:00
Just over half way through the day we see the UK National Champion from 2013, Tom Paine, taking on Sweden’s Olof Rickhammar (who is in contention for the coolest name of the day award). Both of these Duelists were in a good position to progress on in the tournament with 4-0 records but the winner here would be confident that they are one round closer to a perfect day one record!
A die roll decided that Rickhammar would start proceedings and he began by Summoning [ev thun] and setting three to his backrow. Paine responded with four backrow.
Thunderbird attacked successfully and Rickhammar set a fourth. Pain flipped [geargiagear] in the End Phase and Thunderbird was chained.
Pain used both of his Monsters on the next turn to [xyz] [ggx], but [sw] saw it off. [g mk2] returned [geargiano] and  was next, attacking in to a [prison]. In the End Phase Paine lost a [ced] to [mst].
Thunderbird attacked for 1950 on the next turn and Rickhammar set two.
Paine added another two to make four total [st]s and passed back with one in hand.
Thunderbird attacked again to leave Paine on 2450.
Paine responded with a set Monster.
Rickhammar Summoned [ev castor] which was hit by [bth].
He used his additional Summon to bring another [ev castor] in to the mix and Thunderbird attacked over [g auto]. Castor attacked directly.
On the next turn Pain Summoned his [g mk2] and Rickhammar had [vane] – but it was destroyed on the chain by [mst]! It resolved and [silvermountain] was next, targetting a chained [mst] which destroyed Paine’s [bom].
In Rickhammar’s Standby Phase Pain discarded [maxx]. Rickhammar decided he would still [xyz] [eek] and Paine drew, meaning both players had four cards. He passed.
Paine drew and used [silvermountain] to lock out Rickhammar’s last set card, while setting another of his own to make three along with a Monster.
Rickhammar drew, entered his Battle Phase and then his [mp2] to set a [st].
Paine flipped [armor] and searched [g mk2]. It was Summoned and bought back a Monster to make [gt alucard]. Rickhammar flipped [horn].
Paine flipped [armor] back down and passed.
Rickhammar drew and both players had five cards. Noting this, Paine flipped his set [bts] on [eek] for the turn and his Swedish opponent simply set a [st].
[armor] got Paine a [g auto] which was [ss]ed and then used to [xyz] [ggx]. Rickhammar used [bth] and the effect of [ggx] returned [geargiano] to the field. The effect was used to return [g auto] to the field which sacrificed itself by attacking [eek] to bring back [g mk2]. The latter was Summoned in [mp2] and bought back a Monster to [xyz] [temtempo], which detached to remove a material from [eek].
It did the same again in Rickhammar’s Draw Phase and Temtempo was on 2700. Rickhammar Summoned [ev kery] and it was hit by [bts]. Rickhammar gave Paine some more LP by playing [upstart] and then passed.
Paine attacked [eek] with Temtempo and used [silvermountain] to attack over [ev kery], [ss]ing [armor] in [def] and then [ss]ing a [g auto] in [mp2]. A third [ggx] hit the field and was used to search for a [g arsenal]. Paine set a third backrow and passed.
Rickhammar Summoned [tkr] and attacked [silvermountain]. [fiendish] from Paine was met with [mst] and the Xyz Monster went down.
Paine Banished [bts] from the Graveyard to negate [tkr] and search from [ggx] – it allowed him to bring out  which put enough damage on the field to win the first game!
[h2]Tom Paine wins the first game after going down to 200 Life Points![/h2]
Rickhammer started the second game with [upstart], gifting Paine some Life Points. [ev thun] was Summoned and three backrow set.
Paine responded with four backrow and I was sure I had seen this somewhere before!
Thunderbird attacked successfully (again) and after setting a backrow Paine activated [geargiagear] in the End Phase (again) to which Rickhammar chained Thunderbird (again).
In an effort to change things up a bit, Paine [ss]ed [g auto] and used it with [g mk2] to [xyz] [ggx]. Rickhammar didn’t like this change of scene so decided [horn] would halt that plan. Paine had another [g mk2] in hand and used it to bring back [g auto], but Rickhammar had [tt] to which he chained Thunderbird. [fiendish] made sure the tricky floater was destroyed this turn and Paine passed with his three set.
Rickhammer set another to match him and passed.
Paine had [g mk2] and Rickhammar had [fiendish]. [mst] attempted to stop it but Rickhammer had another Fiendish! Paine set his last card to his backrow.
[ev kery] was Summoned and attacked over [g mk2].
Paine Summoned [g auto] and flipped [mind control] to make [calk] which was Banished by [bth].
Rickhammar Summoned another [ev kery] and Banished for the cost but was halted by [fiendish]. Paine set another and passed.
Rickhammar Summoned this third (!) Kerykeion and [xyz]ed [eek]. He attempted to use the effect but was reminded both players had three cards so he attacked instead.
Paine topdecked [soul charge] and used it to pay 4000 LP and return a field of two [g auto] and two level three Monsters which quickly became [silvermountain] and locked down Rickhammar’s set card. [ggx] was next, searching [g mk2] and bringing out [temtempo]; making the same play as last time and removing both materials from [eek].
Rickhammar had a [soul charge] of his own and returned three Monsters, using two of them to [xyz]  although it lost out to [tthn]. His returned [ev kery] Banished for cost but ran into a second [tthn]! Disaster for Rickhammar who had paid 3000 LP to get undone by two copies of the same Trap card. He Summoned [tkr] and passed.
Paine drew and used [ggx] to take back a Monster from the Graveyard. He Summoned [g arsenal] and [ss]ed [g auto]. In his Battle Phase he wiped Rickhammar’s field and left on 850! Another [ggx] was [xyz]ed in [mp2] and Paine passed.
Rickhammar was staring down an impossible field with just his topdeck to rely on! He set it.
It was revealed as [xyzu]! Temtempo and the [ggx] with materials went down….but Rickhammar realised he didn’t have any Xyz Monsters in his Extra Deck higher than rank four! “I misread the card this morning when I put it in my Side Deck..what a costly mistake” he said. He went back to having no way out of Paine’s great field and offered the former UK champ the handshake!
[h2]Tom Paine moves on with a 5-0 record![/h2]